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Bror and Mackenzie’s outdoor engagement shoot was a blast! We headed out to Crosby, Minnesota, a spot known for its superior beauty, which suited them perfectly. A natural location choice for them, the tall trees, the lake—it was all just right. They wanted their shoot to feel authentic and timeless, and this provided the ideal backdrop for that vibe. Mackenzie shared she had seen how I work at weddings and loves how I get along with everyone. They also really dig my editing style, and how it makes the couple and their photos pop in a super inviting way.

A Laid-Back Outdoor Engagement Shoot in Crosby, MN

Mackenzie and Bror’s love story is a testament to the idea that timing is everything. Though they’ve known each other for over a decade, it’s only been 2.5 years since they leaped from friends to partners. Their journey began at Rafferty’s Pizza, where they both worked and discovered a shared passion for skiing. Their bond grew stronger, fueled by their adventurous spirits and zest for life. They didn’t see the need to wait to tie the knot. A Fall wedding was their dream, and they were eager to make it a reality. I can’t wait for their fall 2024 wedding at Madden’s Resort in Minnesota. For their outdoor engagement shoot, they aimed for a timeless aesthetic, reflecting the joy they find in each other’s company.

Bror and Mackenzie’s outfit choices for their engagement shoot were a perfect blend of style and comfort. Mackenzie opted for a white sundress and then switched to a more casual look with white pants and a stylish blouse, striking the ideal balance between laid-back and chic. Their outfit choices not only complemented each other but also added to the overall aesthetic of the shoot, leaving some focus on the natural beauty of the location. During the shoot, Bror and Mackenzie engaged in various activities like walking hand in hand, sitting on the dock by the lake, and even venturing into the water for a few shots, just laughing and enjoying each other’s company for a candid flow.

Minnesota Engagement Photographer | Madisen Watson Photography

If you’re planning an engagement shoot, I recommend choosing a location that reflects your personality or highlights something you both love to do together. Check out this boat engagement session to see what I mean. Follow me on Instagram to keep up with my recent work. If you’re ready to plan your engagement or wedding, I’d love to help. Reach out to me, and let’s make it happen!

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Despite the on-and-off rain, Savannah and Gunnar’s intimate fall wedding at Signatures in Winona, Minnesota, was a day wrapped in warmth and gratitude. The weather brought everyone closer under the white tent, creating a cozy atmosphere. Surrounded by vibrant fall colors, the day felt heartwarming and special. Savannah perfectly captured the vibes of the day with one word: gratitude. As they sat at the head table, looking at the reception filled with loved ones, they reflected on their decade-long friendship that blossomed into a beautiful relationship. Seeing all the familiar faces who had known them separately now gathered to celebrate them as a couple filled them with immense thankfulness.

From Ski Slopes to Wedding Vows

Gunnar and Savannah met in the summer of 2013 at a ski racing camp in Colorado, introduced by the camp coach. Over the years, Savannah continued working with the coach, and Gunnar visited whenever he was home from school, harboring a secret crush on Savannah. After graduating, they reconnected at the ski slope while both were coaching elite teams. Their friendship deepened over the next three years. 

In the fall of 2021, Gunnar reached out for a golf lesson, something Savannah had built experience with from her college days. He drove over TWO HOURS for the lesson, and they had dinner afterward. They quickly realized this was more than just a golf lesson. Six months later, they were engaged, and five months after that, they were married!

In the summer, Savannah is a PGA Golf Professional at Crosswoods Golf Course and coaches the girls’ Pequot Lakes Golf team. We also did their engagement session there! In the winter, she coaches alpine skiing. Gunnar is a project manager for a mechanical contracting company, currently working on a hospital project in St. Cloud.

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A Ski-Themed Wedding in Winona at Signatures

Getting married at The Farm, as Gunnar’s family calls it, was incredibly special since Gunnar practically grew up there. The family history of the house and property spans a generation, back to Gunnar’s mom, Patrice. His parents felt deeply honored that Gunnar and Savannah chose this meaningful place for their wedding.

Their first look took place on a breathtaking bridge designed and built by Gunnar’s grandpa, adding a magical touch to the day.

As avid alpine skiers who met through the sport, Gunnar and Savannah themed their reception around skiing. They even had a chairlift brought in for guests to sit in and take pictures. It’s always wonderful when couples incorporate unique touches into their wedding that reflect their personalities and shared passions.


Decor | Gathered Gold Co.

Dress | Special Event Bridal

Jewelry | Riddles Jewelry

Ceremony & Rehearsal Dinner | Private Residence

Reception Venue | Signatures in Winona

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Emily had a clear vision for her wedding day: a small, intimate ceremony in the backyard of an Airbnb in Minnesota. She wanted a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere surrounded only by close friends and family. They would share the joy of a perfect moment with the people who mattered most at a simple reception. Without the pressure of flawless details, the day promised to be authentically beautiful, just like Sam and Emily’s love story.

Speaking of Sam and Emily’s Love Story…

Sam and Emily met on Hinge and hit it off immediately. Their conversations flowed effortlessly, with quick and easy banter that made them feel like they’d known each other for years. They spent five hours talking on their first date and have been inseparable ever since. Six months into their relationship, Sam proposed at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, and Emily’s enthusiastic “yes” was the easiest decision she ever made.

An Intimate Airbnb Wedding in Minnesota

The day of the wedding was bustling with activity as Emily and Sam’s DIY vision came to life. Emily was busy finishing the flower arrangements and getting ready, while Sam and his groomsmen ensured everything was set up perfectly. Despite the nervousness of not seeing or talking to Sam all day, Emily had complete faith in him and the team. Her bridesmaids and mom kept her calm and focused, ensuring everything stayed on track. After the first look, the stress melted away, and everyone felt at ease. The ceremony was perfect, and Sam and Emily felt incredibly fortunate to share the moment with the support of their friends and family.

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Venue | The River Lodge

Florals for DIY | Flower Moxie

HMUA | Captivating Beauty

Catering | Log Home Wood Fire Pizza

Cakes | Nothing Bundt Cakes

Dress | Bridal Aisle Boutique

Tux | Men’s Wearhouse

Rentals | Party Time

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Logan and Brynn radiated sweetness and love, making them an absolute joy to be around. Brynn’s heart of gold paired perfectly with Logan’s gentlemanly nature, creating a truly perfect duo. The afternoon at Madden’s Resort on Gull Lake was a memorable experience. The fresh air under the Pavilion, the lively chatter, and infectious laughter created a vibrant atmosphere. However, what stood out the most were the killer dance moves on the dance floor. The light wands, shades, and streamers added an extra layer of fun and excitement. I couldn’t resist joining in on the dancing, and I’m glad I did. Capturing those candid moments of pure joy and uninhibited fun is always a highlight for me.

A Golf Course Love Story

Logan and Brynn’s love story began at The Pines Golf Course at Grandview Lodge, where Logan was the golf professional. Brynn was hired as a beverage cart girl, and Logan quickly took notice of her charm. Soon after, Logan transitioned to Cragun’s Legacy Courses as the Head Golf Pro. Brynn didn’t need much convincing to follow him. She found him quite cute, after all.

Without hesitation, Brynn followed Logan to Cragun’s. Their working relationship blossomed into a romantic one, and soon they were inseparable.

“From meeting Madisen to having her shoot our engagement and wedding photos, we were so impressed with her communication, passion, and clear love for her job- which she will tell you “doesn’t feel like work at all.” She was very easy to work with and helped take the guesswork out of the picture-taking process throughout our wedding day! She captured what was important to us and was very personable, which made the nerves of the day and the potential intimidation of being in front of the camera melt away. From the big to small details, she captured every bit, and we are so grateful to have memories we can frame, share, and love forever.”

Celebrating Love at Madden’s Resort on Gull Lake: Brynn and Logan’s Vintage-Inspired Wedding

I had the pleasure of meeting Brynn while photographing another wedding on the Gull Lake cruise boat. She was a joy to connect with, and when she reached out to share her engagement news, I was thrilled beyond measure. We clicked instantly, and I knew capturing their story would be amazing.

Their reception was filled with thoughtful details that reflected their love for vintage, timeless, and classic things. Every detail held significance, from the vintage phone voicemail “guestbook” to the classic car Logan’s uncle restored for their day. Brynn’s Nana gifted them antique champagne flutes for their first toast, and her mom curated almost all the items in the detail photos. Brynn and Logan were incredibly grateful to their families and friends for contributing to their special day. Their wedding was a beautiful reminder that celebrations surrounded by your favorite people are the most meaningful.

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MUA | Soft Glow Makeup

Hair | Meraki Hair

Gown | Emily Kaye Bridal

Sweets | Knotty Pine Bakery

Sweetheart Cake | Miss A’s Confections

Venue | Maddens Resort

Tux | Nisswa Tuxedo

Florals | I’m Flowery Lady

Wedding Planner | Reagan Ashley Weddings & Events

Video | Tim Thornburg

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In Brainerd, Minnesota, Lizzy and Connor had an industrial romantic wedding at the Northern Pacific Center. Lizzy is seriously one of the sweetest people you’ll meet. She and her sisters were full of smiles and laughter in the bridal suite while Connor and the guys were doing the same. It was an overcast day, with soft snowflakes falling, so we kept cozy inside most of the day.

Connor and Elizabeth met in the high school band room. Yep, they’re your classic high-school sweethearts—she played the flute, and he played the saxophone. Now, Connor is the Branding Manager and Co-Founder of Eufouric Brands, a family business. In his downtime, he indulges in his passion for racing at BIR with his new Camaro ZL1. Elizabeth, on the other hand, is a Lead RN at an ENT clinic and generously volunteers as a Nisswa Firefighter/First Responder, giving back to her community.

An Industrial Romantic Wedding Ceremony in Minnesota

They began their day preparing in the bridal suite, Le Leir, and the groom’s suite, Lincoln Lounge. The intimate ceremony was in the stunning 2 South space, where they opted for their first look while walking down the aisle! To determine who would read their vows first, they even decided with a playful game of rock-paper-scissors, a reflection of their daily decision-making as a couple. Their sand and stone unity ceremony involved all their closest family and friends. Tom, the Father of the Groom, officiated the ceremony, making it more personal. Lizzy also shared a special first look with her mother and honored her late father by placing his tie on his chair.

Their celebration continued at Luminary, where a family-style table awaited their guests for a cozy dinner together. The long table arrangement was beautiful and intimate. Cocktail hour followed, with more friends arriving to join in the celebration and dance the night away. Seeing everyone’s happy faces as they congratulated the newlyweds was heartwarming.

“We chose Madi because she is a phenomenal photographer and very personable! Photos on our wedding day felt natural and unhurried. Madi listened to our wishes and wants for photos. She is someone who is dependable and has an eye for capturing the best images/moments. We love our images from our day and have recommended her to friends and family!”


Photography | Madisen Watson Photography

Venue | The Northern Pacific Center

Florals | Bloom Designs

Catering | 3 Cheers Catering

Gown | Raffine Bridal

Grooms Ring | Birgit’s Jewelers

Brides Ring | EL Menk Jeweler

Bridal Spray Tan | Captivating Beauty

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Lydia and Judah’s wedding at Stone Hill Farm was a standout event, marked by the genuine joy and love shared by all who surrounded them. The late fall day was beautifully relaxed, and even the evening sun made a perfect appearance.

Lydiah and Judah first met in 2021 through the church, where Judah’s father had been urging Lydia to meet his son since August. When Judah finally appeared one day, his father made the introduction. Despite this, they didn’t start talking intentionally until October 2022. They continued to be part of each other’s lives by volunteering at the same youth group but didn’t become friends until July 2022. Lydia initially declined Judah’s invitation to go out, feeling they were in different life stages. Looking back, she believes it was the best choice, and they made their relationship official in December of 2022.

A Midwest Wedding Day at Stone Hill Farm

Lydia has been a client of mine for the past couple of years, and she specifically chose me for her wedding because she appreciated the peace and optimism I bring. Her favorite part of the day was the ceremony, which felt surreal as she walked down the aisle with her dad, seeing all the support for her and Judah’s marriage. Just before her entrance, she watched as rose petals were scattered down the aisle in honor of her 3-year-old niece, who had passed away in 2023 and would have been their flower girl. In that moment, she experienced a flood of emotions, reflecting on how God had led her to this point—walking down the aisle to marry the love of her life.

Their exceptional style was evident in every detail, from their stylish kicks to their comfortable and perfectly coordinated exit attire!

“If you are thinking of booking your wedding or any other pictures of any kind with Madisen, you will not regret it! She is full of so much life and creativity and makes me feel so at ease every single time I work with her. My husband and I also did our engagement photos with her, and the experience turned into a core memory we will never forget and talk about all of the time! 10/10!”


Photographer | Madisen Watson Photography

Venue | Stone Hill Farm

HMUA | Captivating Beauty

Gown | Wedding Shoppe Inc.

Suit | Knights Chamber Clothiers

Shoes | Nike

Caterer | Precision Catering “They were amazing to work with and had some of the best food I’ve ever had at a wedding!” – Lydia

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I recently captured a special moment for this lovely couple during a unique boat engagement session. We were on Blake’s fishing boat, set against the backdrop of Anna Maria Island in Tampa Bay, where the waters meet the Gulf of Mexico. Their story is as beautiful as the scenery—meeting and quickly realizing they were meant for each other, culminating in a heartfelt proposal just a few months later. Their shared love for cruising and fishing made the boat session all the more meaningful, allowing us to capture their Florida engagement photos doing what they love most.

Having visited this area before, my husband and I had the pleasure of meeting Blake during a memorable fishing trip, an experience we’ve since repeated a few times. I vividly recall the excitement when my husband reeled in a tiger shark, a first for Blake’s boat if I remember correctly—a core memory for us. When organizing this styled session, Blake and I worked together to ensure it reflected their unique style and personalities. I was touched that they valued my photography style and editing approach.

Rachael and Blake’s Fun Boat Engagement Photos in Florida

Blake is a licensed US Coast Guard master captain and the head guide for AMI Charters. They cherish their time together on the water, with most of their free time spent there, often enjoying the view from the tower. This inspired us to create a shoot with a relaxed, fun, cozy, and classic vibe. The session was a peaceful and “homey” experience for them. You could feel how they are a perfect fit for each other as they are so comfortable and full of love. It unfolded in a relaxed atmosphere, with music in the background, storytelling, and laughter filling the air. We started from the landing and cruised to various channels to capture these special moments.


“THEY’RE AMAZING!!! Thank you so so much. I have so many plans for these pictures!! They are so gorgeous!” – Rachael

“Oh my lord those look SICK! Thank you so much!! That mood is exactly what we wished for our engagement photos. I can’t thank you enough for doing all of this!” – Blake